By hook or by crook, France find themselves in the last 16 of World Cup 2018. They have been far from their best, but winning is key in tournament football and they have just about found a way. Denmark are unbeaten too, and know that a point against Les Bleus will be enough to take them into the knockout phase. Can they do it? Here’s our France vs Denmark betting tips.
The difficulty for punters heading into the third round of group matches is trying to second guess which coaches will take ‘dead rubbers’ seriously.
France, for instance, will top Group C even if they draw against the Danes, and so you wonder whether Didier Deschamps will field his strongest starting eleven.
You would suggest that he will, given that France are yet to really hit the ground running, and so Denmark can expect a tough test of their credentials in Moscow on Tuesday.
Australia are lurking and ready to take second place, so let’s take a look at our France vs Denmark betting tips and see if the Scandinavians have enough to get over the line.
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France vs Denmark Betting Tips
The insinuation from France’s sluggish start is that they won’t make wholesale changes to their team here; how can they, as Deschamps seeks a formula that will mark his side out as genuine World Cup contenders.
He brought in Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud for his side’s last match against Peru, but again it was a fitful performance as Les Bleus played well in patches of the game. The search goes on for the right recipe.
Denmark will have to make at least one change with Yussuf Poulsen, who netted in his side’s opening win over Peru, is suspended. Martin Braithwaite is the likely candidate to start on the right flank.
The Danes will need to improve upon their 1-1 draw with Australia, it’s as simple as that. The Socceroos were the better side throughout, and without Christian Eriksen’s fantastic finish Denmark could have been staring down the barrel at defeat.
France are playing well but only in short bursts, and if they click then they have the attacking talent to blow the Danes away. If they don’t, Les Bleus could struggle for the third consecutive match.
We simply can’t back France here at even money given what we have seen so far, so instead let’s take a chance on the draw at odds of 13/8 with William Hill.
France vs Denmark Betting Tips: Side Markets
A feature of third round group matches is the sense that the players will try to protect themselves from injury and suspension where their team has already secured progression.
Don’t expect the French players to be diving into tackles here then in a performance lacking intensity, and lest we forget this is a World Cup where the referees appear to be told not to book players unless they can truly help it.
As such, we’re willing to take the Under 3 Card Line with NetBet at 20/27.